Practical Legal Skills module (LW32020)

Explore Scottish residential conveyancing practice and Standard Securities. You will also explore the importance of language when writing to law firm clients

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This module will examine Scottish residential property practice. There is a focus on what is required to prepare for the sale process and negotiate missives.

The Scottish Standard Clauses will also be explored. You will also explore the role of a solicitor when acting for a lender in a residential property transaction.

Conflict of interest in conveyancing transactions will also be considered.

You will discuss what client-friendly language means. You will also discuss why it is important. You will have the chance to develop your business letter-writing skills. This allows you to develop them ahead of the Law Society of Scotland's Professional Education & Training Stage 1 (PEAT 1).

What you will learn

In this module, you will build on the knowledge and skills acquired at levels 1 and 2 and develop writing and communication skills in a practical context.

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Work on developing elementary drafting skills
  • explain legal concepts in language appropriate to the intended audience
  • apply contractual clauses to a factual scenario. You will also be able to provide relevant legal advice using advanced analytical skills


  • written coursework (100%)

This module does not have a final exam.

Teaching methods / timetable

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • independent Study

This module will be delivered by a combination of lectures and student-led seminars, based on prior reading, allowing a high level of engagement.  


This module is available on following courses: